BHR Group Model

As you know, we’ve reached the stage in the Covid-19 pandemic where our attention is on our recovery and bringing back services that we paused to ensure patients are receiving the care they need. We are also focusing on how we look after Covid and non-Covid patients in the months ahead, when we may also be responding to further waves of infection.

The national and regional learning from the management of the pandemic, has shaped the future context of the NHS with an absolute focus on patient and staff safety. This learning requires us to work in different ways across systems and local communities. It is in this context that it has been decided to postpone indefinitely our plans to form a Group Model across Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) and North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT).

While the move to a Group model will not be taken forward for the foreseeable future, BHRUT and NELFT will continue to work together in the future to maximise the benefits we have already started to see for our patients. The way different health and social care organisations have come together throughout the coronavirus outbreak is one of the positive things to have emerged from this crisis. The NHS is delivering services in a radically different way and we have seen rapid progress in our joint working and innovation.

Thank you for all your efforts in supporting our response to the coronavirus pandemic across the communities we serve and we know that you will all continue to work in partnership, collaborate and innovate to deliver the best outcomes for our patients.